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#1 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 09:27 PM
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I've noticed there a few threads going around talking about weight reduction. Whether it's taking out your spare, hood insulation, back seats, ANYTHING, you guys need to keep in mind how this will affect your cars handling. E36's (as far as I know) are all designed with a 50-50 weight distribtion. Weight reduction (such as taking your back tire out) can, and usually does change this. Changing the weight distribution of the car will affect the handling BIG TIME. For example, last night I took the spare and jack kit out of my car. Went for a drive, took a corner hard, damn nealy spun my ass off. The lack of weight in the back of the car made it easier for the back wheels to slide and the car went into a fishhook. If you don't believe me, try cornering in a Porsche without prior experience, I guarentee you you'll feel a little strange needing to accelerate into turns in order to keep traction.


The only reason I bring this up is because I came across a thread about someone who said they were going to take their spare and jack out so they could go to a track. Please please PLEASE GET USED TO THE NEW WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION before going to a track. You will be amazed at how differently your car corners.

That was just a little PSA by your mom :lol:

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Thanx kev yeah the only time i took mine out was to race my friend with a 95 and im happy to say his car pulled harder off the start but mine caught up to him in 3rd with 80k more miles on my car and stayed even to 115mph WOOOOHOOOOO

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318s have a near perfect 50-50 distribution, the 325s and 328s are about 51-49 f/r respectively. The back end gets noticeably floaty without the spare back there, I agree. I'm taking weight out from the engine for 50-50 we'll see when I get it on the scale.

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what are u taking off from upfront?
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Hoodliner, clutched fan, I'm doing the half bottle of windsheild washer fluid thang too. I need more more I tell you!

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Hoodliner, clutched fan, I'm doing the half bottle of windsheild washer fluid thang too. I need more more I tell you!
nice where are u buying the half bottle of windshield wiper "conversion" haha but yeah its that bad to not have the hoodliner up or does it not matter?

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though they are pretty much 50 50 ... doesnt the driver off balance it a lot? there is at least 150+ lbs in the middle left of the car....

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though they are pretty much 50 50 ... doesnt the driver off balance it a lot? there is at least 150+ lbs in the middle left of the car....
no, its taken into consideration becuase the car cannot be driven without a driver!
but can a car full of people offset it... YEs
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Originally posted by bigred318+Jul 16 2004, 03:27 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (bigred318 @ Jul 16 2004, 03:27 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-brien4787@Jul 16 2004, 03:21 AM
though they are pretty much 50 50 ... doesnt the driver off balance it a lot? there is at least 150+ lbs in the middle left of the car....
no, its taken into consideration becuase the car cannot be driven without a driver!
but can a car full of people offset it... YEs
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oh wow, didnt know that. thanks for the info.
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true that im always learning something hear!! and getting some badass idea for my car even if i dont have the money! haha

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